Giving back to those who give so much.

Did you know our local theatre in 29 Palms is all run by volunteers?  They are trying to update and expand to provide better quality shows for you to enjoy.  So today’s give back is to consider attending this event to help this organization to evolve and stay relevant.  So mark your calendars for June 23 and let me know if you need help getting tickets.

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Here’s an explanation of what will happen…

This gala performance event, including a catered dinner, will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, and will serve as a fundraiser for the Theatre 29 Building Expansion Fund. The City of Twentynine Palms has approved designs for a major expansion, which expands the theater from the current 95 seat capacity to 148. The plans also call for a fly loft and rigging to be able to utilize backdrops and rear projections, expanded Green Room and Dressing Room space, and additional and updated bathroom facilities.

Reserved tickets for the dinner and show are $25.00 each and are available online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

Consider helping and let me know if you want to sit together.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Outlining while punching.

Have you ever wanted a clean line around the edge of your punched image?  If you sponge after you just seem to get the whole image inked?  Try outlining the image before you punch.  Here’s how…

  1. Grab a piece of cardstock and stamp whatever image you want.
  2. Place in punch but do not cut.20180508_072206_wm
  3. Grab whatever color marker and depending on how fine a line is what tip you will use. (Brush tip used here.)
  4. When outlining make sure to pinch the paper so it doesn’t move, but doesn’t cut.20180508_072322_wm
  5. Now punch or cut out.20180508_072332_wm
  6. Make sure to wipe ink off of edges of punch.  I used a baby wipe.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Wax is useful.

With the new catalog beginning soon I want to remind you that some things are stiff when they are new.  So here’s a tip for you to take a birthday candle or a piece of unscented wax and use it for grease.  If your new ink pads are sticking or are too stiff for you then take a birthday candle and rub gently along where the pad slides.  This will make it easier to open and close.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by trying something new.

I don’t know about you but I often like what is familiar and what is comfortable.  I will find myself going to the same restaurant, sitting in the same booth (I prefer over a table), seeing the same waiter/waitress, and ordering the same thing.  It’s easy.  I don’t have to think.  But sometimes your brain or body gets stagnant and you need to try something new.

So, today we are watching a new movie…the Avengers.  And we are trying a new restaurant.  I will let you know how it goes.

Don’t be afraid to break up your routine and try something new.  It might be great.  Here’s to an adventure.

Have you tried something new recently?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamps are not just for paper.

Do you use your stamps for more than just paper?  Did you know that they could be used for more than paper?  Basically any flat surface can be stamped.  I have been creative on cardstock, wood, fabric, glass, cork, metal, clay, paperclay, and even cookies.  If you stamp into food make sure to clean your stamps very well before you do.  The end to stamping is where your imagination stops.  So be brave and think what kind of ink is for…  If I don’t know the answer I will find out.  So ask away.  Be brave and try something new today.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Window sheets for a box.

Window sheets are not just for shaker cards.  They can also be used for an entire pouch.  Instead of using cardstock try using a piece of window sheet.  Just make sure to have matching or complementary shreds to go inside.  They can be so cute with the right contents to match. So next time you buy a gift or some candy make sure to match your ribbon or tag too.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Invisible punches.

Do you remember how to make your punches invisible?  Take a mat and punch out of the middle so you don’t miss it.  Then you have your accent piece that is guaranteed to match and not be missed.

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Don’t waste your cardstock!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Watercolor pencils and aqua painters, oh my.

I’ve had so much fun with the alcohol markers that I don’t know if we have forgotten about other ways to color.  There are blender pens to be used with the ink pads, re-inkers, or watercolor pencils.  There are the regular stampin’ write markers.  And finally, there are the watercolor pencils with the aqua painter.  For this card learn some new tips and tricks for using the pencils with the painter.

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For the video tutorial please go to https://youtu.be/LLNi2_BxqmE.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sun, shopping, and flip flops.

So today instead of resting I am breaking out of the routine.  I am using some hydrating lotion to keep my skin from peeling after yesterday’s Woof Walk.  I didn’t get burned but I’m not used to the wind any more.  And I am doing some shopping.  This crafty girl needs a new pair of wedges, sandals, or flip flops.  The family and I are enjoying a great lunch and are going hunting for this season’s sandals.  Wish me luck.

What are you doing today to get out of the normal routine?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Birthdays, celebrations, and memories.

It’s not about the day especially, but it is about making a memory.  It’s about celebrating with that person and making them feel like they matter.  That’s why we do what we do.  As I sit here with a bucket of cards ready to go out I hope they matter because you do.

This week I was reminded how it feels to receive some happy mail.  It’s a great reminder of why we do what we do when it comes back.  Here’s a glance at the happy mail from this week.

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I will continue to post until I am back to grocery store ads and bills.  Thank you for filling me so I can continue with what I do.

Now go mail a card or share a smile.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂